Father Ray is caught in the middle of a crisis after his ex-convict brother (Jeff Kober) breaks into his parents' house and is wounded by their father (John Mahoney). Following that, the priest's mother (Fionnula Flanagan) leaves home and moves into the parish house.
Sister Maureen (Ann Dowd) questions her vocation. She is also preparing to be maid of honor at the wedding of an old friend (Talia Balsam) and has to arrange a funeral. Young Maureen: Kimberly Cullum. Young Laura: Karen Corona. Sister Lucy: Joanna Miles.
Father Ray is called on the carpet because of the trouble that occurred on Christmas Eve, and he's not happy with the bishop's decision to assign a priest (David Marshall Grant) to assist him. James: Theodore Borders. Lorraine: Lorraine Toussaint. Bishop Corey: Bob Gunton.
On Christmas Eve, Father Ray has plenty of volunteers to deliver the homily at Midnight Mass. Celia: Yareli Arizmendi. Rigoberto: Ramon Franco. Ortiz: Jose Zuniga. Annie: Marisol Padilla Sanchez. Bounty Hunter No. 1: Jody Wood.
Father Ray tries to help a couple who are experiencing marital difficulties. Meanwhile, their adopted son is escaping their arguments by drinking. Jean: Laila Robins. Garner: Wade J. Robson. Cabot: Joseph Kell. Romy: Erika Christensen..
Father Ray tries to stop a wounded girl's brother from carrying out a vendetta; and Father Leo (Brad Sullivan) returns. Angela: Maria Celedonio. Silva: Don McManus. Guillermo: Efren Ramirez. Paco: Lombardo Boyar. Sister Maureen: Ann Dowd.
Father Ray questions his belief in miracles while trying to help a teen (John Cameron Mitchell) hospitalized for speaking in tongues and who claims to have visions. Margot: Bess Meyer. Dr. Elliott: John Benjamin Hickey. Flavia: Kimberly McCullough.
After helping to commit a robbery, the ex-con brother (Jeff Kober) of Father Ray asks to stay at the rectory. Nathan: David Norona. Elizabeth: Jessica Harper. Brendan: Eugene Lee. Timmy: Steve Santosusso.
Amid preparations for Halloween, Father Ray is troubled that his former girlfriend (Wendy Gazelle) is planning the festivities. Meanwhile, Sister Maureen (Ann Dowd) attempts to help a parishioner (Donna Murphy) who's turned against God.
Father Ray enjoys a day off. Meanwhile, Father Leo (Brad Sullivan) feels like he's not needed after a few bad days. Gussie: Salome Jens. Rachel: Tamara Mello. Paula: Theresa Saldana. Sister Maureen: Ann Dowd. Sidney: Bruce Altman. Frances: Cindy Katz.
Rachel (Tamara Mello), who's seven weeks pregnant, tries to decide whether or not to abort her baby. Meanwhile, a parishioner chains herself to the church. Father Leo: Brad Sullivan. Sylvia: Shelley Morrison. Paula: Theresa Saldana. Cara: Julianne Nicholson.
Father Ray tries to reconcile a deceased parishioner's husband and daughters, a challenge complicated by the dislike that the widower (John Cullum) has for him. Father Leo: Brad Sullivan. Joanne: Zoe Lieberman. Barbara: Rondi Reed.
Things are brewing at the soup kitchen: a politician (Jack Laufer) who wants to close the place accepts Father Ray's invitation to pay a visit---and brings a camera crew. And Ortiz (Jose Zuniga) must hold a wedding reception there. Gary: Tony Musante.
In the pilot, Father Ray (Kevin Anderson) encounters a former lover (Wendy Gazelle), who's now a neglected wife; and also has his views on abortion recorded in the confessional. Father Leo: Brad Sullivan. Sister Maureen: Ann Dowd. Sidney: Bruce Altman.
Father Ray and Justine (Kevin Anderson, Jennifer Beals) search the school for a stash of condoms; Sidney and his wife (Bruce Altman, Cindy Katz) go for counseling; Rachel is attracted to an ex-con (Steven Martini) who's on a work-release program
Father Ray encounters obstacles as he prepares to marry an interfaith couple (Kellie Waymire, Michael Buchman Silver). Rabbi Judith: Lisa Edelstein. Debra Owens: Carolyn Mignini. Grandfather Owens: Robert Katims. Grandmother Owens: Anna Berger.